Canada to play Finland in first game of women’s world hockey championship

CALGARY – Hockey Canada has released the schedule for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship Women’s World Championship, featuring Canada versus Finland in the opening game.

The 31-game tournament will be played at WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., from August 20-31.

This is the eighth time Canada has hosted the event.

Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada, says a variety of provincial groups have worked together to make the 10-team tournament a reality.

It features Canada in Group A with Finland, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, while Group B is comprised of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

Canada has captured 10 gold medals at the championship (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012), as well as eight silver and one bronze.